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February 28, 2022 | External Resource

State-level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States


Child Trends


Sarah Catherine Williams

Publication Date:

February 28, 2022

This comprehensive child welfare resource provides state and national data on child maltreatmentfoster carekinship caregiving, and adoption from foster care. The data are essential to help policymakers understand how many children and youth came in contact with the child welfare system, and why.  States can use this information to ensure their child welfare systems support the safety, stability, and well-being of all families in their state.